UAM Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated: 3/17/2020 7:11 PM

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COVID-19 Student Update – Emailed 3/12/2020

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3/12/20 Chancellor Doss Releases Statement Regarding Coronavirus

3/11/2020 UAM Moves to Classes Online Effective March 12

Overview

As the coronavirus outbreak rapidly evolves in the U.S. and worldwide, the University of Arkansas at Monticello will continue to provide the latest updates and guidance for the campus community in one place online: http://www.uamont.edu/pages/coronavirus/.

For weeks, the university’s 14-person command team has been regularly reviewing the situation in accordance with the campus pandemic response plan and assessing its impact on UAM operations. Members are in close contact with relevant health agencies and officials.

According to the CDC, as the virus continues to spread, taking preventative measures is key to limiting the opportunities for exposure and to reduce the rate of spread.

CDC PREVENTION TIPS

  • Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Stay informed. CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary will be updated regularly as information becomes available.

REPORT TRAVEL TO AN AFFECTED AREA

FAQs

Are classes able to continue during university facility closures?

UAM prioritizes the delivery of instruction whenever possible. Classes will continue remotely using Blackboard. All courses on all UAM campuses have a Blackboard shell. Students are recommended to stay in contact with their instructors via email and information technology will be able to provide assistance as needed.

I'm expecting visitors from out of town or overseas to attend a campus event. Should I be concerned?

If your guests are visiting from a country with a CDC coronavirus level of 2 or higher, your guest may be required to self-isolate for 14 days, per the Arkansas Department of Health. It would be advisable to discourage such visits.

What is the campus doing to disinfect public areas?

The disinfecting of common surfaces is part of the University of Arkansas at Monticello custodial staff’s regular routine in multiple areas of campus, including housing, facilities management, and more. The custodial team has recently reviewed this policy and have increased attention to disinfecting surfaces.

Specifically, our facilities management staff disinfects high traffic touchpoints daily - including door handles and push plates, student desktop surfaces and classroom teaching surfaces.

Is the university preparing contingency plans?

The university's Command Team manages the implementation of the Pandemic Action Plan, which is being followed and updated as new information about COVID-19 becomes available on the UAM UAM Coronavirus site. Members are coordinating activities designed to support our community's health and well-being and develop contingency plans to limit the impact to university operations should the need arise.

While these plans may not be required, these efforts are being made to assess the university's readiness to conduct online classes and other efforts related to minimizing the impact to student learning, and to ensure students and employees who may become ill can be properly supported as they recover and limit the spread of the virus on campus and in the community.

Is it safe to travel within the U.S.?

Please exercise caution and check for the latest information available for your specific destination as the coronavirus situation in the U.S. is changing rapidly.

While the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices (this currently includes domestic travel in the U.S.) because the risk of transmission is considered low, some areas are reporting increasing levels local transmission. 

CDC Global Travel Notices
CDC Domestic Travel Notices
Arkansas Department of Health Coronavirus Update

What should I consider when planning personal travel?

Consider method of transportation for all travel. Air travel, for example, tends to be crowded with people in close proximity in the plane and the airport. Traveling in a personal vehicle to a destination, would limit exposure to crowds.

International Travel

In alignment with our requirements and recommendations for university-affiliated travel, we strongly discourage personal international travel, especially to countries with a CDC risk level for coronavirus of 2 or higher. Please consider the health risk and logistical challenges that may be encountered including that the Arkansas Department of Health may require self-isolation for 14 days after traveling to or through an affected area. Customs agents are reporting international travelers arriving from affected countries to state departments of health for this purpose.

Domestic Travel

Please exercise caution and check for the latest information available for your specific destination as the coronavirus situation in the U.S. is changing rapidly. While the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices (this currently includes domestic travel in the U.S.) because the risk of transmission is considered low, some areas are reporting increasing levels of local transmission. 

What about conferences, conventions, meetings and big events?

Many universities and companies have restricted employee and student travel to meetings, conventions and events. You are encouraged to review the information from the hosting organization for any changes or restrictions and may consider if there are options to attend remotely.

If attending events concerns you, or you have a medical reason why you should not be in crowds, then please utilize the many tools the campus offers for conducting meetings in real-time over the Internet from your desktop.

Any changes to university travel recommendations will be communicated via email.

Will my planned travel be impacted over spring break or during the summer?

Please note that guidance from the CDC, Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas System may change rapidly given the fluidity of the situation. Any changes will be updated on the university's UAM Coronavirus Updates website.

 

Ember Davis, 
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

University of Arkansas at Monticello
DavisEL@UAMont.edu
(870) 460-1274